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Many people confuse closet systems with closet kits. This came up with a client recently when discussing layout options for some of her reach-in closets. Tall hanging, double hanging, medium hanging, shelf towers; many of these design configurations are fairly standard layouts and she stopped the designer at one point and said, "So you install kits. I was really interested in custom built closets."

Like we were going to run down to the nearest Big Box store and have a guy screw some shelves to the wall.

I can understand her point of view... well sort of. Many standard layouts work well in simple reach-ins. This client had some budget concerns as well so we were trying to keep the cost reasonably low.

But how to explain to this client that we use a system for closet design, not a pre-made kit.

So What the Heck is a Closet System?

Since people come in all sizes, live all sorts of lifestyles, and have many diverse preferences as to how they like to view and access their wardrobe, a closet system easily adapts to suit these diverse needs. A shared walk-in closet designed for a 6'-7" man with a 5'-2" wife is not accomplished with off the shelf kits. Closet systems offer an organized group of components that are 

easily integrated into a functional and flexible closet design. These components consist of panels that support adjustable or cammed shelve

s--shelves that may be sized for different uses as well as adding a structural

 element to the system. Drawer boxes and faces--the variety of options is practically endless. And then there's the hardware, all of it compatible with a 32mm closet system: drawer slides, rods and rod ends, accessories like hampers, jewelry trays, locks, valet poles... just to name a few.

I thought of that client's comment this week as I was researching locks to meet the request of a custo

You get the picture. Not rocket science by any means, but design involves attending to the details and integrating them into a functional and aesthetically pleasing whole.
mer on our current project. She wanted three jewelry drawers with divided trays that could be locked. The other slight complication is that the drawer face is a five piece frame and panel design so a standard set up with a lock in the face would not work. It also seemed like having three separate locks would add clutter and lack convenience, so I researched a locking system that could be installed on the side of the vertical panel with one lock to handle all three drawers. There are a lot of locks to choose from so I spent some time doing research, online and on the phone. We'll need to mill a slot in the panel on site to accommodate the lock set up. This his and hers walk-in also has a sloped ceiling, a pocket door on one wall, a safe, and AV components to fit in.